Public Television Stations to Consolidate Broadcasting Operations
- June 3, 2013
Funds provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting will initially combine operations of eleven stations in four states to reduce costs
Washington, D.C. (June 3, 2013) – Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) today announced that it has awarded a $7 million grant to the Digital Convergence Alliance (DCA), comprising 11 public television stations that serve communities in Florida, Georgia, Texas, and Illinois, to combine their operations into a single master control location. Specifically, CPB’s grant will allow the DCA to establish a Network Operating Center, resulting in lower direct costs and a projected savings of more than $20 million over 10 years.
“A strong and efficient public media system is essential to meeting our mission to provide programming that informs, educates, inspires, and engages,” said Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of CPB. “This grant to the Digital Convergence Alliance will enable stations to operate more efficiently and generate more resources that will help build their capacity to deliver high-quality, local content and services in their communities.”
The members of the Digital Convergence Alliance currently include: WJCT (Jacksonville, Fla.); WFSU (Tallahassee, Fla.); WEDU (Tampa, Fla.); WUCF (Orlando, Fla.); WBCC (Cocoa Beach, Fla.); WFSG (Panama City, Fla.); WPBT (Miami, Fla.); WPBA (Atlanta, Ga.); WTTW (Chicago, Ill.); WILL (Urbana, Ill.); and KERA (Dallas, Texas). The DCA selected Jacksonville, Florida, as the location for the Network Operating Center and contracted with JCT Services, Inc. to manage the operation.
“The 11 stations of the DCA have come together in order to reduce costs, but also to improve our broadcast services,” said Susan Howarth, president and CEO of WEDU in Tampa and Chair of the DCA Board of Directors. “After the initial build-out, we look forward to serving additional stations, which will further increase the efficiencies provided by the project.”
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.